A summit of Igad, the East African Development Authority, was held in Nairobi yesterday, Tuesday 5 July, to discuss peace and security in the region. Uhuru Kenyatta and General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, who has led the Sudanese state since his coup on October 25, were present. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh also made the trip. The most recent summit was dated 18 months ago, while the region is facing many crises. The past week has seen an escalation of tensions between Ethiopia and Sudan, around the disputed border area of Al-Fashaga. The two leaders met alongside the summit.
as reported from Nairobi, Albane Thirouard
Abiy Ahmed and General al-Burhan exchanged one-on-one. It was the Ethiopian Prime Minister who announced it on twitter, along with a photo showing him all the smiles with the strong man in Sudan. However, both were cold. Last week, the Sudanese army accused the Ethiopian army of killing seven of its soldiers and a civilian in the Al-Fashaga area. What Addis Ababa denied.
“Peaceful solution” In his tweet on Tuesday, Abiy Ahmed claimed that the two acknowledged, quoting, “that the two countries have many parts of cooperation to work on peacefully.” And are committed “to dialogue and a peaceful solution to outstanding issues”.
In my discussions with Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, we have both agreed that our two countries have lots of elements of cooperation to work on peacefully. Our common bonds surpass all divisions. We both made a commitment to dialogue and peaceful resolution of outstanding issues. pic.twitter.com/UP9a9n0tJq
– Abiy Ahmed Ali 🇪🇹 (@AbiyAhmedAli) July 5, 2022 For Igad’s Executive Secretary, the Nairobi Summit was a “sign of solidarity” from its members. Which emphasized the need to diplomatically address regional policy and security issues. The Sudanese government “to find” a lasting solution to the political situation in the country. “On Monday, General al-Burhan paved the way for the formation of a civilian government, without the participation of the military.
Drought Regional leaders have also warned of the drought that is raging in the Horn of Africa and which, according to their press release, could “be the worst in forty years”. They called on development partners to provide humanitarian aid to prevent the situation from deteriorating.
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